Manners

Manners

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by Kate Spade, Virginia Johnson
     
 

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Making a good first impression, tipping for a haircut, dispensing with a large handful of cherry pits, and determining the so-called pedestrian passing lane on a crowded sidewalk are just some of the many etiquette conundrums we all face. As liberated as we've become in our dress and in our lifestyles, good manners are still essential.
Whether you're in Boston

Overview

Making a good first impression, tipping for a haircut, dispensing with a large handful of cherry pits, and determining the so-called pedestrian passing lane on a crowded sidewalk are just some of the many etiquette conundrums we all face. As liberated as we've become in our dress and in our lifestyles, good manners are still essential.
Whether you're in Boston or in Phoenix, and whether you're a record producer or a dog groomer, the same quandaries can occur: Who goes through a revolving door first, a man or a woman? When is it polite to correct someone's mispronunciation of your name? And what if you can't see over the head of the person who has just sat in front of you at the movies?
For Kate Spade, growing up in a large family required good manners, and to this day they are a natural part of her daily routine. In Manners, she shares her ideas about etiquette in lighthearted but down-to-earth terms. Kindness, common sense, and levity are the foundation for good manners at home, when dining, in the office, or out in public (at a sporting event or on an airplane). The art of communication is still important today, especially when it comes to written correspondence and being considerate when using cell phones, and Kate has something to say on both subjects. A "Manners Miscellany" concludes the book, casting a wide net over topics such as air kissing and "we must do lunch" to competitive parking, rain checks, and re-gifting.
Manners is an unpretentious guide to navigating the social shoals of modern life. Kate's sensible commentary coupled with the nearly 200 captivating watercolor illustrations make Manners a welcome addition to any home library. As portrait photographer Slim Aarons writes, "Good manners are never passé."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fashion designer Spade has become a sort of style icon of the new millennium. First it was her ubiquitous handbags, then it was shoes, next came stationery and now she's telling us how to pen a thank-you note, what to pack for a beach bonfire and why a summer rainstorm calls for capri pants and flip-flops. This trio of "small books" is targeted squarely at the put-together woman (or the woman who wishes she were put-together). Each book mixes chatty but straight-ahead prose with cute line drawings. Spade's presence is evident throughout, between her personal anecdotes (in Occasions, she lets on, "One of my favorite things to do is shop flea markets, wherever I am") and the charming sketches of women sporting sparkly but demure shoes. While united in theme i.e., the modern woman embracing tradition, grace and old-fashioned beauty the books each have their own niche. Style mainly addresses what-to-wear issues and reads like an abridged version of the recently published style guides from Lucky and InStyle magazines. Occasions focuses on entertaining from cocktail parties to holiday dinners. And Manners covers such subjects as artful conversation and re-gifting. Style is probably the strongest of the three, as it's the subject on which Spade has the greatest authority. But Occasions and Manners are solid, too, if not exactly groundbreaking (they brim with grandmotherly advice, with a bit of Letitia Baldrige's modern etiquette thrown in). Taken together, the books should please hostesses and would-be Marthas of all ages. (Apr.) Forecast: This collection should take off, thanks to Spade's name, planned author appearances at her retail stores, a direct mail campaign to the company's 100,000-plus name mailing list, TV radio and print publicity and a tie-in to the launch of Spade's new "at home" collection. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743250665
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
04/14/2004
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
479,092
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.65(d)

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Meet the Author

Kate Spade and her husband and partner, Andy, created kate spade in 1993. In addition to handbags, the world of kate spade now includes a line of tabletop, bedding, and other accessories for the home; shoes; glasses; social stationery; and a beauty collection.

In 1996, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) honored Kate Spade's classic designs with the Perry Ellis Award for New Talent in Accessories Design, and again in 1998, as Accessory Designer of the Year. In 1999, her handbags were exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for the first National Design Triennial, celebrating excellence in American design.

This self-styled midwesterner lives in New York City with Andy and their dog, Henry.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Kate Spade's manners are just like her hand bags -- simple, chic, and never out of style. She covers almost every occassion with simple rules to live by. It's not pretentions -- just the facts. A modern day equivalent of Emily Post's rules. I love the illustrations -- a must have for any classy lady.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an pure american manners book.The real manners are coming only from Europe.You just don't re-gift people back with a gift that was given to them.This is very stupid, it is embarassing to do that.I was surprise to see that kind of idea.Who does such think? That is really bad to write in a book and to teach others to give the gift back if "don"t fit".If you mean anything else you should be more clear because the woman I gave this book to as a gift, returned it to me for the same reason, because she found that on the page 82.I do not have good expectations from a woman that claims she is a prophet(more Psychic in my opinion).If she was a prophet God will teach her the good manners wich she does not have at all.See for this kind of people this book is very low in informations.Oher thinks are missing from this manners book.